Steve Wozniak on Greatness

April 9, 2007


Presently my bedtime reading is “Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days” – it’s a collection of interviews between the founders of some of the Web’s best known start-ups, and the author Jessica Livingston. Here is a quote from Steve Wozniak on the early days of Apple:

“All the best things I did at Apple came from (a) not having money, (b) not having done it before ever. Every single thing that we came out with was really great, I’d never once done that thing in my life.”

What can you take away from this?

a) Focus on the resources you have, not the ones you don’t.
b) Designers don’t need to have done things before, they just need a vision for where they are heading.

Stories like Apple’s are an endless source of inspiration; it never ceases to amaze me how far a company can go if you just take the first steps – no matter how insignificant they may seem at the time.

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about the author

Co-Founder & CEO, FreshBooks Mike is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Built in 2003 after he accidentally saved over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since then, over 10 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing, and collect billions of dollars. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times it’s rumoured he’s the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.